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Today would have been Jared Washines’ 38th birthday.  I have collected as much of his writing as I could find and have created a link to it on the home page here.  It was on tribe and myspace and a couple other places, it just seemed easier to create a digest of it all in one place, so it wont be lost.  I have also attached links to the digest of events the weekend of his funeral below.

Chief Seattle Descendant Jared Washines Dead at 32

One of Seattlest’s best friends of the past 8 years, Jared Washines, died suddenly last Sunday from some kind of inexplicable seizure in his sleep. He was 32.

A huge crowd of heartbroken friends attended his wake held at Linda’s (one of his favorite watering holes) last Monday night and funeral services that we can only describe as royal treatment went on for days at the Yakama Indian Reservation where he was buried at sunrise Thursday morning.

We were surprised when we read in his obituary in the Yakima Herald that he was the descendant of Chief Seattle. That seemed like something Jared would have bragged about on a daily basis during all our years of hanging out and pondering everything under the sun, but he never did.

Jared leaves behind a massive amount of unfinished literary efforts that read like combinations of Bukowski and Hemingway minus the cynicism and will hopefully remain intact in perpetuity on all the various myspace, tribe, and livejournal blogs that he maintained (we’ll update with more links soon, if you have his livejournal link please share it asap).

One of the more important literary efforts he wanted to pursue was a personal biography of his grandfather who was once profiled in a Texas newspaper (we’ll update with a link soon) that chronicled the man’s excessively adventurous life. As Jared told it to us, the man left the Yakama Indian reservation at a young age. He was arrested in Chicago for running numbers for Al Capone. He served time in prison before hooking up with the merchant marines, and then the French Foreign Legion, who he helped colonize North Africa. The irony of a Native American helping a European power colonize a country wasn’t lost on him as he successfully played the persecuted native card in negotiating his release from the rebels who had captured him. He was once shot in the head in an attempted execution, but survived. He eventually retired in Texas.

Jared wanted to expand on this profile with a more personal take: he wanted to explore the reason why his grandfather left Yakama in the first place (he told us it was the unwanted pregnancy of Jared’s grandmother) and why when he retired he had to start a new family in Texas, “with a white woman” as Jared put it. This is a story that only Jared had the authority to write and the loss of this potential literary great is incalculable.

At his funeral his relatives told his Seattle friends that crying was explicitly forbidden due to the traditional belief that tears would weigh down his spirit and keep him trapped in this world forever. This is a huge price to pay, as suppressing anything — crying, or laughing or anything else — just makes the need hurt even worse. Goodbye, Jared.

Chief Seattle Descendant Jared Washines Dead at 32: Seattlest.

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